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Where to honor our heroes in the Puget Sound area

The city of Auburn hosts its annual Veterans Day parade Nov. 8 along Main Street to A Street Northwest. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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University of Washington Veterans Day Ceremony. The public is invited to a ceremony that honors the men and women of the region for their dedication and service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony will include recognition of the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award; speakers; presentation of the colors; and a performance by the Husky Band.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
Where: Medal of Honor Memorial, University of Washington, Seattle
Admission: Free
Contact: 206.543.0540; visit for a listing of other UW sanctioned events during Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 1-12

City of Auburn's 50th annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance. Considered to be one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States, Auburn's parade will include more than 200 units and more than 5,500 parade participants, including more than 25 high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units, honor guards and more.
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.
Where: Downtown Auburn, traveling for one mile west along Main Street to A Street Northwest.
Admission: Free
Contact: 253.931.3043;

Service Ink: Veterans' Tattoos and Their Stories.
Exhibit will feature photographs of tattoos of active-duty and retired U.S. Armed Forces servicemembers and the stories behind them.
When: Running through Sunday, Nov. 15
Where: White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn
Admission: $5/adults; $2/children; first Thursday and third Sunday are free
Contact: 253.288.7433;

Vietnam Veterans Social. Meet and greet with retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Dr. John P. Rose. Mix and mingle with fellow Vietnam veterans. Gen. Rose will present Congress-approved pins to Vietnam veterans in attendance.
When: Friday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Where: White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE, Auburn
Admission: Free
Contact: 253.288.7433;

Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony. Keynote speaker will be Jim Martinson, a Vietnam veteran who lost both his legs above the knee in combat. Martinson later founded Shadow Products, a sports equipment manufacturer of specialty wheelchairs and handicap-accessible equipment for disabled athletes.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
Where: Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent
Admission: Free
Contact: 425.413.9614;


Veterans Appreciation Days
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Thursday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville
Admission: Free to active-duty and retired servicemembers and half-off admission to immediate family members
Contact: 253.591.5337 (Point Defiance) or 360.832.6117 (Northwest Trek) or visit and

Veterans Remembrance at Washington State History Museum. Visitors encouraged to bring a photo of a veteran in their life to share on the Veterans Day Wall in the museum’s Grand Lobby, along with thoughts on “What Veterans Day Means to Me.”
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.
Where: Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Admission: Free to veterans
Contact: Dave Beals, education program specialist, 253.798.5879

Tacoma Historical Society Veterans Day Observance.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11:11 a.m.
Where: War Memorial Park, Sixth Avenue and McArthur Street, Tacoma
Admission: Free
Contact: 253.472.3738,

Washington Soldiers Home Veterans Day program. Event will include speakers and performances by the Puyallup Community Band.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Where: Chilson Hall, Washington Soldiers Home, Orting
Admission: Free
Contact: 360.893.4511;

Puyallup Veterans Day Celebration. The ceremony will include keynote speaker Congressman Denny Heck, patriotic performances by the South Sound Symphonic Band, and women’s military uniforms on display along with military artifacts and memorabilia from collectors commemorating World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
When: Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian, Puyallup
Admission: Free
Contact: 360.893.8022 or 253.224.5255


Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League presents a Veterans Day ceremony. Program will include keynote speaker Rev. Willie Tart, author of Unwavering Strength. Other highlights are performances by the Bremerton High School Band; bagpiper Michael Oliver; ceremonial bell ringing; and “Taps.” Antique military vehicles and vintage military uniforms will be displayed.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kitsap Sun Pavilion at Kitsap County Fairgrounds, 1200 Fairgrounds Rd. NW, Bremerton
Admission: Free
Contact: 360.337.5376

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